Fashion and Textile design institutes and programs in Bhubaneswar

There are now several of them in Bhubaneswar. (I am starting with Bhubaneswar but will be happy to broaden this posting to rest of Odisha if people suggest pointers in the "Comments" section.)

  1. NIFT Bhubaneswar.
  2. KIIT School of Fashion Technology.
  3. NIFD Bhubaneswar.
  4. Bhubaneswar Institute of Fashion Technology.
  5. National Institute of Interior and Fashion Technology (NIIFT).
  6. Orissa Institute of Interior and Fashion Technology.
  7. ALT Training College Bhubaneswar.
  8. Institute of Interior and Fashion Technology (IIFT) Bhubaneswar.
  9. (Apparel Training and Design Center) ATDC-IGNOU Community College, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
  10. Satwik Institute of Professional Studies, Bhubaneswar.

2 comments July 21st, 2012

NIFT Bhubaneswar building designs

Following is from


Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions’ said Coco Chanel, and rightly so.  So why not let each be the inspiration for the other!

Orissa, a state widely known for its opulent cultural heritage and rich architecture has a history atypical from that of the northern plains. Unlike other parts of India, tribal customs and traditions have played a significant role in shaping the heritage of the state.

The unique and beautiful appliqué artwork of Pipili; silver filigree ornamental works and patta chitras; and tie and dye and Sambalpuri textiles in all its artistic grandeur awakens the imagination of creative minds.

An institute designed for budding designers and then the maestro, are the inner soul of the complex in very much the same way as the rich culture of Orissa is its inner soul.

The inner soul needs a shell. Shell and soul are interdependent and independent, belonging to each other and to themselves.

Here, the built form developed from climatic factors and conceptualized by elements of the crafts and nature, forms a shell for its soul providing them with spaces to imagine and innovate or simply to inspire.


The site is located an uncongested area of Bhubaneswar. The architecture of Bhubaneswar is one of indoor and outdoor spaces merging into each other, the use of which is influenced by climate and season. It is an architecture which has risen from native soil-sacred and pure.

A simple yet modern architecture vocabulary has been adopted. The traditional courtyard here is in the form of a central stepped plaza, interspersed with trees and green patches, which leads to a water body. Keeping all climatic factors in mind, the central lotus water court acts as a natural exhaust, cooling the air passing over it, making the middle court a solace in the hot summer.


Designers dare to dream, to imagine, innovate and create that which is used, seen and felt by all. Someone once said “its not what you look at that matters, its what you see” and feel.
Dieter Rams rightly said:

Good design is innovative.

 Good design makes a product useful.
 Good design is aesthetic.
 Good design makes a product understandable.
 Good design is unobtrusive.
 Good design is honest.
 Good design is long-lasting.
 Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
 Good design is environmentally friendly.
 Good design is as little design as possible.”

We dream big and beyond the realms of imagination to create the unique. When soul and shell unite the destiny is ‘creation’.

Let us all dare to dream…

National Institute of Fashion Technology Campus Bhubaneswar images / information from Abin Design Studio

March 15th, 2011

NIFT Bhubaneswar offers Bachelor of Design (Textile Design) and Master of Fashion Management

NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) currently has 15 campuses across the country in Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong. It opened its Bhubaneswar campus in 2010. Its Bhubaneswar campus home page is at Following is from that page.

The Bhubaneswar center is one of the latest additions to the existing countrywide gamut of NIFT. IT started functioning from June 2010 from its transit campus situated in Centurion Institute of Technology, near HP Gas Plant, Bhubaneswar.

The present campus is located within 1.5 KM from Khurdha railway station, 20 KM from Bhubaneswar railway station and 18 KM from Bhubaneswar airport. It is well connected to every part of the city through city bus and autorikshaws. Security is of prime importance in the institute, which is also a strictly non smoking zone.

The course being offered at the institute at present, include specialization in two disciplines, Bachelor of Design in Textile Design and Master of Fashion Management Studies. The institute boasts of eminent and experienced faculty to facilitate quality education from the very commencement of the center.


1 comment February 15th, 2011

NIFT Bhubaneswar to cost 58.65 crore

Following is an excerpt from

Ministry of Textiles has received a proposal from the State Government of Orissa for establishment of a NIFT Centre at Bhubaneswar. State Government has also conveyed its commitment for providing land free of cost and funds for creating necessary infrastructure. The approximate cost of establishing NIFT centre would be Rs.58.65 crore. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply to a question by Smt. Renubala Pradhan.

4 comments March 12th, 2010

NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) to start in a temporary campus in Bhubaneswar in 3 months

Following is an excerpt from a release from the Resident Commissioner of Orissa.

Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Orissa met Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister for Textiles at New Delhi and discussed various issues relating to development of Handicrafts  and Textile sector in Orissa. Chief Minister requested for establishment of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Bhubaneswar  for which Govt. of Orissa has already committed to provide necessary infrastructure including land. The Union Minister welcomed the proposal and assured that NIFT will start functioning  at Bhubaneswar  in a temporary campus within next three months  offering a few certificate courses  and the regular courses will  commence  from the next academic year  i.e. 2010-11.

Pushing for an NIFT in Orissa is good. But the CM has to create a balance. Not everything that he asks for should be about Bhubaneswar. Please write to the CMO pointing this out and have some constructive suggestion regarding what he should ask for outside Bhubaneswar and where. In this regard, I just sent the following email:

Dear Esteemed Chief Minister:

I read about your request to the central minister for an NID in Bhubaneswar. Asking for an NID is a good step, but with an IIT, NISER, AIIMS and a National University (all centrally funded) in works in the Bhubaneswar area, there is a big need for balance across the state and people across the state are now becoming more and more critical that adequate efforts are not being made about the rest of the state.

As a constructive suggestion, following is a request voiced to me by one of the vice chancellors of Orissa.

Currently India has a Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education ( ) at Gwalior. Considering the recent success of athletes from Orissa in various sports and events (including Hockey and Football), especially from the Adivasi regions, it would be great if you could push for a similar  National Institute of Physical Education to be established in or near an Adivasi area of Orissa.  Such an institute will go a long way in not only training adivasi athletes but also in providing them jobs across the country.

11 comments August 20th, 2009

Both Orissa govt. as well as Orissa Congress minister in Orissa neglect in pursuing NIFT

In and we mentioned reports regarding Orissa Congress central minister Mr. Chandrasekhar Sahu pursuing NIFT and getting assurance to get one for Orissa. However, today’s PIB below tells us that Orissa might miss the bus with respect to NIFT. See

The Union Government proposes to open new Fashion and Textile Technology Institutes during the Eleventh Plan period. New Centres of National Institute of Fashion Technology are being set up subject to the conditions that the State Government is willing to provide land and financial support and fulfillment of feasibility conditions. Decisions about the new centres are taken by NIFT Board, a Statutory body under Ministry of Textiles, as and when the proposals from State governments are received. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan, in the Lok Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri N.N. Krishnadas and Shri Tathagata Satpathy.

The Minister further informed that proposals have been received from Government of Bihar and Government of Kerala for setting up NIFT Centre in their states. No formal proposal has been received from Government of Orissa.
He further stated that proposal for setting up of NIFT Centre in Bihar has been approved by NIFT Board and the matter has been taken up with State Government for allotment of land and funding support. Proposal for setting up of NIFT Centre in Kannur, Kerala will be placed for consideration of the Board in its next meeting. 

2 comments November 26th, 2007

Block grant scheme of funding for new NIFTs; New NIFT center in Rae Bareli, UP

The following is from the PIB

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for introduction of the Block Grant Scheme of funding on the lines of IITs, IIMs, etc., for NIFT.

This will provide further functional / financial autonomy to the institute and will encourage it to generate more internal resources, promote innovation and result in an overall improvement in the standard of education and research.

The base year for the Block Grant Scheme shall be 2006-07 and the scheme will come into effect from 2007-08.

Currently there are NIFTs centers at New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai and a new one has just been announced for Rae Bareli.  Earlier, the central minister from Orissa had said that he had requested and received positive indication regarding an NIFT in Orissa.  See and I wonder what happened to that.

November 8th, 2007

Some good news on national institutes front

Business Standard reports that central minister Chandrasekhar Sahu is pursuing with the central government regarding establishing three marquee institutions in South Orissa. Following is an excerpt of that:

While the first Central University is likely to be set up in Koraput, plans for an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and National Institute of Design (NID) in Berhampur are in the works. …

Sahu also said he has discussed the possibility of a National Institute of Design (NID) and National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) being set up in Berhampur and Bhubaneswar. The recent discussions with the Union minister for commerce, Kamal Nath, and the minister for textiles, Shankarsingh Veghela, “were very positive and they assured us that they are willing to establish these institutes if the state government extended its cooperation,” said Sahu. …

While the Central University and IIIT are under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the NID is under the Ministry of Commerce. NIFT and NIHT come under the Ministry of Textiles.

Lets analyze this. First of all if all these materializes then its great. However lets compare what Orissa will be getting vis-a-vis the other states.

  1. In the Central University front, the central university in Koraput should be a distributed kind like the proposed Indira Gandhi National Tribal University. It should be designed such that it has branches in all KBK+ districts from the start.
  2. The tribal population percentage of the KBK districts are as follows: 8 KBK districts total 38.72% (+ 16.63 % SC). Malkangiri 58.36% (+19.96% SC), Rayagada 56.04% (+14.28% SC), Nabarangpur 55.27% (+15.09% SC), Koraput 50.67% (+13.41% SC), Nuapada 35.95% (+13.09% SC), Kalahandi 28.88% (+17.01% SC), Sonepur 22.11% (+9.5% SC), Balangir 22.06% (+15.39% SC). Two adjacent districts also have high tribal population. They are Kandhamala 51.51% (+18.21% SC) and Gajapati 47.88% (+8.77% SC).
  3. The literacy rates in the KBK districts are as follows: Overall in 8 KBK districts 36.58% with the female literacy at 24.72%. Malkangiri 31.26%, Nabarangpur 34.26%, Rayagada 35.61%, Koraput 36.2%, Nuapada 42.29%, Kalahandi 46.2%, Balangir 54.93%, Sonepur 64.07%. Two adjacent districts also have low literacy: Gajapati 41.73% and Kandhamala 52.95%. The state average is 63.1%.
  4. India already has 20 central universities and if 30 more are going to be made then besides the central university in Koraput one of the other universities in Orissa should also be upgraded to a central university.
  5. There will be 19 new IIITs. Orissa will be getting one of them. This is good but does not take Orissa out of the bottom of MHRD spending
  6. NID is good. But it does not replace the IIT that was taken away from Orissa. The 2007-08 budget for the 7 IITs is a total of 1553.70 cores (i.e., an average of 221.96 crores) while the 2007-08 budget for NID is 20.25 crores.
  7. Hence, Orissa must: (a) continue to push for an IIT in Orissa; (b) push for the Central University in Koraput to have branches in the KBK+ districts from the very beginning; (c) this central university should have special quote for tribals and locals as is the case in many north eastern states and as will be the case in the Indira Gandhi national tribal university; (d) push for one of the other universities in Orissa to be upgraded to a central university; (e) Make sure branches of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University exist in the north western districts with high tribal population, in particular Mayurbhanj (tribal percentage 57.87%, literacy 52.43%), Sundergarh (50.74%, 65.22%), and Keonjhar (44.52%, 59.75%); and possibly in Sambalpur (35.08% , literacy 67.01%), Deogarh (33.31%, literacy 60.78%), and Jharsuguda (31.88% , literacy 71.47%).

9 comments June 25th, 2007

NIFT in Bhubaneswar proposal accepted by minister of textiles Vaghela

New Indian Express reports that:

A release issued by Sahu‘s office stated that Sahu had also proposed to the Textile Minister for a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) centre at Bhubaneswar.

The proposal was accepted by Vaghela who promised to open the centre.

The news item also states that the center has decided to establish IIHT (Indian Institute of Handloom Technology) in Baragarh and minister Chandrasekhar Sahu’s office issued a release to that effect. The IIHT part is somewhat old news. The NIFT news, if true, is most welcome. However, if these small budgeted institutes are in lieu of an IIT then minister Sahu is selling Orissa cheap. He should not think that Orissans are so gullible that they would be happy to lose a 1000-4000 crore IIT and instead get 5-10 crore type institutes.

2 comments May 18th, 2007


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